PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — State records show that the ski lift that failed at Maine’s Sugarloaf ski area in late December was overdue for a regular safety inspection when a cable came off a suspension wheel, injuring eight skiers who fell to the ground below.

The inspection, known as a load test, requires a special test on chairlifts every seven years.

Lifts are subject to other state inspections every year.

Records from the Maine Elevator and Tramway Board show that the Spillway East chairlift last received a load test on Dec. 4, 2003. The state had granted the resort an extension.

Sugarloaf spokesman Ethan Austin tells the Portland Press Herald the lift was inspected before the season began and it was properly licensed.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com


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